This is an archived press release
Monday 17 March 2014
Volunteers dug deep to plant nearly 2,000 trees in the Dane Valley on the Cheshire/Staffordshire border of the Peak District National Park.
Local people, including children and the landowners, joined the Peak Park Conservation Volunteers for three days to plant 1,000 trees near Shell Brook and 850 trees on the hillside of Bosley Minn.
The work is part of the Dane Valley Woodland Regeneration Project, led by the Peak District National Park Authority, which aims to enhance, extend and link the valley's existing semi-natural woodlands – parts of which date back to the 17th century.
Project co-ordinator Rebekah Newman said: "We're tremendously grateful to the volunteers whose hard work will make a real difference to the landscape, woodland habitats and biodiversity of the Dane Valley for many years to come."
New saplings now taking root include oak, birch and rowan, plus alder and aspen in wetter areas, and hazel and hawthorn to make a shrub layer.
With the volunteers' help, an overall 45 hectares of new woodland is being created under the project, and the owners of more than 100 hectares of existing woodland have entered agreements for positive management.
This is the latest in a series of tree-planting events under the Dane Valley Woodland project. One volunteer at an earlier event described the experience as "invigorating, empowering and downright good – we are definitely coming back to see a piece of the earth we're helping to save."
The tree-planting is largely funded by the Forestry Commission's Woodland Grant Scheme, while the whole project – which involves local people in conservation work, wildlife surveys and oral history – is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and SITA Trust.
Picture shows volunteers tree-planting in the Dane Valley.